Maverick Trucking Auto Transmission

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Barry H.'s Comment
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Note: We now have a page with a list of companies and the transmissions they run. It also lists which type of transmissions companies are training drivers with. You can find it here:

Type Of Transmissions Used By Trucking Companies

I have heard a lot of great things about Maverick and I am about to start my cdl school. I want to apply there but I am worried that if they have auto trans I will be hurting myself starting out. Really interested in flatbedding!!! Suggestions or advice?!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Gerald H. AKA Doc's Comment
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Barry, I believe the way the rule is, is if you go to a school that teaches you in an automatic then there will be a restriction on your license starting that you can only drive automatics. When I was going going to school for my cdl we had a guy come in for retraining because he went to a school that taught on automatics. If you were to get on with a company that only had autos then it wouldn't be a big deal but if they changed their fleet you might be in trouble.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Kip Brown (aka Six)'s Comment
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I have heard a lot of great things about Maverick and I am about to start my cdl school. I want to apply there but I am worried that if they have auto trans I will be hurting myself starting out. Really interested in flatbedding!!! Suggestions or advice?!

My school only has one automatic just to give you a taste of it. I hate it. Without the clutch you end up using a lot of break pressure fast while doing maneuvers.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Doc is right - as long as you take your CDL exam in a standard your license won't have a restriction for automatics. Once you have your license (without any restrictions) it won't matter where you work or what you drive. Once you know how to shift you won't forget. It might take you a few minutes to get the feel for it again after driving an automatic for a while, but no big deal.

Going to Maverick and driving automatics won't hurt you.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Darren D.'s Comment
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Doc is right - as long as you take your CDL exam in a standard your license won't have a restriction for automatics. Once you have your license (without any restrictions) it won't matter where you work or what you drive. Once you know how to shift you won't forget. It might take you a few minutes to get the feel for it again after driving an automatic for a while, but no big deal.

Going to Maverick and driving automatics won't hurt you.

Thanks Brett, this too was one of my concerns as I am considering maverick over the next two weeks...trying to decide between them and TMC..just cant seem to pick one over the other! The one thing I really think might be great do try is to haul glass. Plus it seems the pay is really great even as a beginner...any thoughts? Thanks!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Steve L.'s Comment
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I started with maverick in September. All trucks (that I know of) are automatics. There is a feature that allows you to change gears but obviously without a clutch

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Hey there Barry. The company I drive for is an automatic only fleet as well. I would much rather drive a standard, but I am very happy where I am. The way I see it, the truck is just a tool and the important part is who you drive for. Go where you think you fit.

Randy D.'s Comment
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I drive for maverick and before that I took the CDL test in an automatic truck no clutch at all and have no such restriction on my license in the state of Illinois about only driving an automatic equipped truck

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Rick S.'s Comment
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I drive for maverick and before that I took the CDL test in an automatic truck no clutch at all and have no such restriction on my license in the state of Illinois about only driving an automatic equipped truck

Sometimes you slide though and they don't notice.

Illinois doesn't mention testing in an auto, restricting you to auto only - though I was under the impression that CDL's were required to be uniform from state to state - Illinois DMV CDL FAQ .

For example - when I took all my written exams to obtain my permit, I took the passenger exam also. I road tested in school for a Class A in a tractor trailer (clutch). When I took my permit and passing Yard/Pre-Trip/Road certificate to DMV to get my license - the clerk asked: Doubles/Triples, Tanker, HazMat , Passenger - and I nodded yes - and I have a license endorsed: PTX. TECHNICALLY - I'm supposed to do all the skills and pre-trip on a BUS, in order to get my "P" endorsement. Apparently, with all the endorsements I did written tests for, this rule got by the clerk - and so I have a Passenger Endorsement as well.

Strange though that Illinois doesn't have this "test on auto, restricted to auto" rule - as there's no way they (or anyone else for that matter) knows whether you can drive a shift or not.

YMMV

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Pat M.'s Comment
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I drive for maverick and before that I took the CDL test in an automatic truck no clutch at all and have no such restriction on my license in the state of Illinois about only driving an automatic equipped truck

You probably skated through before that rule went into effect. This is a federal rule and not a state by state thing.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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